NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – Being in charge in his first competitive match since his appointment as the head coach, Paul Bitok launched his journey at the helm of national women’s Volleyball team, Malkia Strikers with a 3-1 victory over tough opponents Cameroon in the opening match of the Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco.
The Malkia Strikers overcame resistant Africa Champions Cameroon 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 25-17) on the second day of the women’s volleyball competition multi-sport games.
It was a repeat of the 2019 African Cup of Nations final where the Kenyans revenged their defeat when they got silver medal and leave gold for the Cameroonians.
Head coach Bitok, congratulated his girls, saying they are not underrating any team.
“I am elated on a resounding start at 2019 AAG in Rabat. Winning against a formidable opponent like Cameroon, is no easy task. On this, a hearty congratulations to my team, nonetheless, we have an enormous task ahead of us,” head coach Bitok said after the match.
He added; “We have to strategize and prepare accordingly for our next matches now. This being The All African game’s championship, all teams have come prepared, everyone is focused on getting to the finals.”
“With that said, I would like to thank our staff and players for their efforts, teamwork and determination. I also urge them to now, concentrate, focus and train their sights to the next match.”
Cameroon were without their Most Valuable Player at the Africa Games, Moma Bassoko who was injured, seeing the Kenyan girls dominate the net through their efficient blocker Edith Wisa and experienced Trizah Atuka.
When Cameroon came back in the third set, quickly the Kenyans controlled their defence to win the crucial match.